Villa Maria Ngakirikiri Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet 2018 (New Zealand) Rated 95WE CELLAR SELECTION

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Rated 95

Villa Maria's top red, a Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant Bordeaux blend, is named for the Maori word for gravel, referring to its famed Gimblett Gravels soils. This is a wine made for the long haul although even now, with ample time open in bottle or decanter, reveals finesse and character. The fruit is dark and fleshy with a spine of leafy green herbs, violet, tomato stem and baking spice. The palate is satiny yet toned and elegant, with linear, taut tannins, and currently quite a lot of oak influence. A worthy addition to any red-lover's cellar. Drink 2025-2045.

Wine Tasting Notes
Upon pouring, this deep purple colored Villa Maria Ngakirikiri Gimblett Gravels Hawkes Bay Cabernet gradually yields notably intense and pure aromatics of cassis, black plum and anise, with ground coffee bean, graphite, fragrant thyme and cedar nuances also vying for attention. Layers of concentrated flavors emerge and flow beautifully across the palate from start to finish, with optimally ripe fruit, fine-grained tannins and supportive oak enhancing overall texture and richness at each point along the way. This full-bodied wine will benefit and gain additional complexity from careful cellaring over the next 15-20 years.

90% Cabernet, 8% Merlot, 2% Malbec

Alcohol 13.5%
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